Sidelined by coronavirus, many young athletes lose fitness

Experts recommend they build endurance back slowly

Megan Lynch
June 30, 2020 - 8:45 am

ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX) - Many young athletes are getting back on the field this week as pandemic restrictions ease.  Experts say it may take a while for some kids to get back up to speed, after such a long break.

"It's been very difficult to keep kids active particularly in sports or group gathering because of the distancing requirements," says Flint Fowler is President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.

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Fowler say many young athletes need the guidance of coaches to stay motivated. 

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KMOX asked Paul Jenkins, with St. Louis Children's Hospital, whether parents should be concerned about their athletes being out of shape, "It should not be a real concern as long as they build up and get gradually back into sports."

Jenkins is the Rehabilitation Supervisor at Children's Specialty Care Center nd the Coordinator for the Young Athlete Center. He says there can be problems if kids go from doing nothing to jumping right back in at their previous level.

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